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In writing 'The Accidental Billionaires,' the book on which 'The Social Network' was based (full title: 'The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal), author Ben Mezrich relied heavily upon interviews with Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin. He did not speak to Mark Zuckerberg, and neither did the 'Social Network' producers or filmmakers -- in fact, Facebook sent letters to its employees warning them not to talk to the film's screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin.

So what's the real story? Did Zuckerberg actually found Facebook from his dorm room? Was he really as much of an a$$hole as the movie made him seem?

Zuckerberg prefers not to share details in public and rarely gives interviews, so we may never know the "true" story behind the founding of Facebook. But aside from glossing over or dramatizing a few details (Zuckerberg wasn't dumped but had a steady girlfriend, he first met with the Winklevoss brothers and Divya Narendra not in the bike room of their final club but in the dining hall of Zuckerberg's dorm), the essential timeline of the story remains fairly on-point.

As to how Mark Zuckerberg behaved toward his friends and colleagues during those early, heady days, you may have to friend him yourself to find out.

You can learn the basic facts of the Facebook story below.

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